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5 December 2013

Emerging Capital Partners nets 2.6x return from MTN Côte d’Ivoire exit

africa woman women_sq Private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) has exited Ivory Coast-based mobile network operator MTN Côte d’Ivoire for a return of 2.6 times after six years of ownership.

27 November 2013

CDC commits $20m to Africa-focused Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund

UK development finance investor CDC has committed $20m to new Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund.

25 November 2013

Abraaj teams with Swedfund to make $6.5m Nairobi Women’s Hospital investment

africa-hospital-nairobi_sq Emerging markets investor The Abraaj Group has teamed up with Swedish state venture capital company Swedfund to make a $6.5m investment in The Nairobi Women’s Hospital.

22 November 2013

Africa “yet to generate the track record the market is looking for”, says LPp

Few can be unaware of the economic growth taking place in Africa, though capitalising on this through private equity is another matter as private sector investment is still not occurring at a meaningful or widespread level.

11 November 2013

CDC goes direct with investment in Congo agribusinessp

UK development finance investor CDC has provided $18.1m for Feronia, an agricultural production and processing business focused on palm oil plantations and arable farming in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

7 November 2013

Actis buys into Cameroon energy market through $220m power plants investment

Global private equity investor Actis is to buy into the Cameroonian energy market in an acquisition that sees it acquire three power production assets for $220m.

7 November 2013

Horizon Equity backs South Africa’s Qorus Software in North American push

printing5_lrg South African private equity stalwart Horizon Equity Partners has made a “significant” minority investment in automatic document creation business Qorus Software.

5 November 2013

Fortiz buys Merchant Bank Ghana stake, targets IPO by late 2016

ghana flag Ghana-based Fortiz Private Equity Fund is reportedly looking to list Merchant Bank Ghana on the stock exchange within three years after picking up a majority stake in the business.

4 November 2013

Actis, Ethos sell Alexander Forbes unit Guardrisk for $157m

insurance contract form Private equity firms Actis and Ethos have agreed to sell Guardrisk, the specialist insurance unit of their financial services business Alexander Forbes, in a ZAR1.6bn ($157m) deal.

4 November 2013

Actis loses West African head Ngozi Edozienp

Emerging markets investment firm Actis has confirmed that Ngozi Edozien, a director and head of its West African office, has left the firm.

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